Of course, the answer is nobody. And now it’s official, with the Rays taking over the best record in baseball.
In the seventh inning, Joe was fascinated by Matt Joyce swinging at a 3-0 pitch with the game tied at 3, when Twins hurler Matt Guerrier had just thrown seven straight balls. Joyce fouled it off but then walked, leading to Bossman strolling to the plate and crushing a three-run bomb.
Either Maddon had the utmost confidence in Joyce or was showing little confidence in Bossman. Or both.
The defense late was suffocating with Joyce and Sean Rodriguez just refusing to lose. Joe wrote previously about the Rays seizing that championship swagger. And it’s fully there now on defense (minus MFIKY at first base) and top to bottom among the pitching staff.
Maybe the bats really will come alive eventually. Maybe they won’t. Maybe it doesn’t matter with this team? Joe could get used to these Earl Weaver victories, though.
Dan Johnson looked like a lost sheep, which is OK, because eventually he’ll be sent back to home.
Joe’s calling No. 15 for David Price tonight.